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Released yesterday for iOS, WhatsApp's version 2.18.80 update comes with a slew of new features that will make life a bit easier for iPhone users of the app.

You will now be able to see media content in WhatsApp message previews, so when your best friend replies with a funny GIF, you'll be able to view it without having to open the app. Previously, only messages with words could be seen from the home screen.

It is unclear when the changes will be available for Android users, and some websites reporting the news implied that many of these changes will only be available to many iOS users until the next update.

WABetaInfo suggested that the feature is still under development and may not be available to everyone. "For this reason, it's ok if you have updated your WhatsApp version and it's not working for you seen that the feature is under development," WABetaInfo wrote. "Be patient to see the feature enabled in the next updates."

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The update will also give you the option of dictating a message that Siri can send to a group on WhatsApp. Previously, you could only use Siri to send messages to individual app users, but the Facebook-owned messaging app is now expanding that ability.

WhatsApp recently announced that it was also testing a new initiative for Android users that would address the spread of fake news by identifying "suspicious" links that are shared between users.

This update came specifically after government's across the world, most prominently in India, forced the company to address the spread of false information that was leading to mob violence and a spate of gruesome killings.

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Takeaways

  1. WhatsApp users will be able to see images and gifs in messages from the home page without having to open their phone.
  2. Users will also be able to send messages to group chats using Siri.

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Jonathan Greig is a Contributing Writer for Download.com. He's a freelance journalist based in New York City. He recently returned to the United States after reporting from South Africa, Jordan, and Cambodia since 2013.